This is part two of this post. The fine gentlemen at TPM Outfitters also recently crafted this HK53 out of a HK93 I'd sent them.
Ken really did some masterful metal work on this project. The 93 had a rail welded onto it and the welds were really deep in the metal. Ken worked his magic and now I can't even tell where any work was previously done.
And instead of shortening the barrel, the old one was removed and replaced with a brand new HK53 barrel. It shoots so smooth and accurately, no sight corrections were necessary.
This is the fourth rifle I've sent TPM (and not the last) and each one has exceeded my expectations. I feel my money has been well spent. Thank you very much.